Finitsis retains North Coast title

STEVE Finitsis showed all his class as he dominated the North Coast Open Squash Championships last week.

Fiitsis produced an array of shots to move his challenger Zac Alexander to the front court repeatedly during the final. Before a capacity crowd Finitsis stormed to a two-sets-to-nil lead before Alexander made a very bold challenge to force the third set into a tie break.

Having several chances to take the game and extend the match to a fourth set, both players made a number of easy errors.

Serving for the match at 16-15 Finitsis pushed Alexander wide to the backhand court taking charge of the centre and forced Alexander to return a deep forehand volley which he framed taking the match in 49 minutes 12-10 11-9 17-15.

Both players have exciting playing schedules in the next three months with Alexander heading to America to play on the professional circuit.

Finitsis will move to the UK to contest the World Open Championships in Manchester and follow this with a stint in Holland to play in European tournaments looking to improve his world ranking of 86 along the way.

The Women's Open Title went to Donna Urquhart, currently ranked 29 in the latest August WIPSA World rankings.

Urquhart proved too strong for AIS challenger Maggie Marshall winning 11-3 11-9 11-8.

Urquhart has been selected as a member of the new-look Australian Women's Team for the World Team Titles to be staged in Cairo in December. The team is young and is expecting to do quite well.

Local entrant Tamika Saxby performed strongly during the weekend to reach the semi-finals and meet Urquhart which proved to be a great experience going down 11-7 11-9 11-5.

The graded events produced a number of titles to local players with Daniel Spring proving to be the outstanding player in men's A grade. Daniel powered his way to a four set victory 13-15 15-12 17-15 15-5 over Stuart Hargreaves of Armidale.

Men's B grade was won by Andrew Mulhall from Grafton's Ashton Anderson 17-14 9-15 15-12 15-10.

In the men's C grade Lindsay McConachy proved too strong taking a close final 15-13 15-8 17-15 over Lindsay Kliendienst of Grafton.

D grade proved to be a battle of Coffs Harbour juniors Adrian Kelly and Zack McDonald with both players showing they are ready to climb to tougher grades in future events. Adrian emerged the winner 15-13 8-15 15-13 17-16.

The weekend was an outstanding success with record entries and sponsors The Coffs Hotel and tournament officials were very pleased with the positive feedback conveyed over the weekend.



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